SINGER-SONGWRITERS AT THE BBC

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A compilation of live performances, which unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning singer-songwriter genre that exploded at the dawn of the 1970s and became one of the definining styles of that decade.

 

Episode I 

Featuring Elton John's Your Song, whose line 'My gift is my song and this one's for you' helps define this new, more personal style of songwriting, alongside an eclectic selection of classic artists and songs. James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Sandy Denny, Steve Goodman, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Tim Hardin, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits all feature next to more commercial hits from the likes of Terry Jacks and Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Programme sources include The Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, The Shirley Bassey Show and Twiggy's Show of the week.

Elton John - Your Song 
James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind 
Cat Stevens - Wild World 
Harry Nilsson - Without Her 
Sandy Denny - Late November 
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Nothing Rhymed 
Steve Goodman - City Of New Orleans 
Joni Mitchell - Chelsea Morning 
Neil Young - Heart Of Gold 
Judee Sill - The Pearl 
Jimmy Webb - By The Time I Get To Phoenix 
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine 
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun 
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Jackson Browne - Jamaica Say You Will 
Tim Hardin - The Lady Came From Baltimore
Joan Armatrading - Down To Zero 
Tom Waits - Burma Shave

 

Episode II

Featuring Peter Sarstedt, Carole King, Jim Croce, Bridget St John, Cat Stevens, Judy Collins, Randy Newman, John Sebastian, Joan Armatrading, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Kevin Coyne, Billy Joel, Tim Hardin and Paul Simon.

Programme sources include the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, Sounds for Saturday, the Bobbie Gentry Show and One in Ten.

Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely? 
Carole King - It's Too Late
Ralph McTell - Terminus 
Jim Croce - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown 
Bridget St. John - Nice 
Randy Newman - Mama Told Me Not To Come 
Cat Stevens - If I Laugh 
Judy Collins - My Father
John Sebastian - She's A Lady
Michael Chapman - Deal Gone Down 
Joan Armatrading - Love and Affection 
Al Stewart - The Year Of The Cat 
Kevin Coyne - House On The Hill 
Tim Hardin - Misty Roses 
Paul Simon - American Tune 
Billy Joel - Piano Man

 

Episode III

Featuring classic songs from Bobbie Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Saint-Marie, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot, John Martyn, Randy Newman, Linda Lewis, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Ralph McTell, Loudon Wainwright III, Don Williams and Paul Brady.

Programme sources include the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, Sounds for Saturday, the Bobbie Gentry Show and One in Ten.

Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe
Kris Kristofferson - Loving Her Was Easy 
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
John Martyn - May You Never 
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Until It's Time For You To Go 
Randy Newman - I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Don McLean - Vincent 
Roy Harper - Commune 
Linda Lewis - It's The Frame 
Eric Carmen - All By Myself 
Loudon Wainwright III - Reciprocity 
Ralph McTell - Streets Of London 
Dory Previn - Mythical Kings and Iguanas 
Don Williams - Till The Rivers All Run Dry 
Paul Brady - Crazy Dreams

 

Episode IV

Featuring songs from Donovan, Gerry Rafferty, James Taylor, Elton John, Mickey Newbury, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, John Prine, Melanie, Jesse Winchester, Steve Forbert, Chris Rea, Carole King and others.

Programme sources include the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, One in Ten and Cilla!

Donovan - Jennfier Juniper 
Gerry Rafferty - Can I Have My Money Back? 
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
Carole King - A Natural Woman 
Neil Diamond - I Am I Said 
Mickey Newbury - An American Trilogy
Elton John - Tiny Dancer 
Melanie - What Have They Done To My Song, Ma 
Neil Young - Love In Mind 
Tom Paxton - When Annie Took Me Home 
Lynsey De Paul - My Man and Me
John Prine - Dear Abby 
Janis Ian - At Seventeen
Jesse Winchester - Yankee Lady 
Steve Forbert - It Isn't Gonna Be That Way 
Chris Rea - Fool If You Think It's Over


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